Friday, August 01, 2008

Travelography #121: $Billions for Medical Tourism

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Stories discussed in this podcast are from the Travelography Twitter Blog for the week of 28 July 2008. This podcast is also available at and

  • $2.1 billion spent by Americans overseas for care SAVE

    More than 750,000 Americans left the country last year for less expensive medical treatments, a number projected to grow to six million by 2010, potentially costing the U.S. health care system billions.
  • Hawaii visitor arrivals drop 14.2% in scary situation for tourism SAVE

    "June's visitor statistics reflect the loss of two Norwegian Cruise Line ships, increased fuel costs and a continued soft travel market, especially from the U.S. Mainland" ... Among the top three visitor markets, visitors from the U.S. West dropped 16.5%
  • U.S. Railroads: Back on Track?

    Travel by train consumes 18 percent less energy per passenger mile than flying and 17 percent less than driving. ... In fact, Amtrak reports that ridership has increased steadily over the past several years,
  • Philly Tour Guides Sue Over License Test : NPR audio

    A city law set to take effect this fall requires tour guides to pass a written licensing test or face hefty fines. Similar laws are already on the books in Washington, New Orleans and Charleston, S.C.